The course aims to provide knowledge and understanding of: The basic principles of plant biology, microbiology, cell biology, genetics and the structure and function of biomolecules necessary to underpin the study of Biotechnology Approaches to investigation of the biology of the cell and the nature of genes. Detailed aspects of biochemistry including major metabolic pathways. The relationship between form and function in microorganisms. The growth and development of organisms and their adaptation to the environment. The tools used in the investigation of form, function and composition of living organisms. The industrial processing of materials by cells and enzymes including genetic modification to make useful products or purposes. The physicochemical principles associated with fermentation design and operations and processing of materials. The social consequences of the developments in Biosciences, including biotechnology, considering the benefits and risks connected with recombinant DNA experiments and the use or release of genetically modified organisms and their products.